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Help installing Radeon 4650 in dinosaur (2007 Dell)

post #1 of 7
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Alright here goes -

My buddy bought a brand new shiny Radeon HD 4650 with 1GB DDR2 VRAM built in -

New Card

Here's the issue -

His computer is a dinosaur (2007) Dell Dimension E521 with 1 16x PCI Express 2.0 slot. I read the box and it said the minimum required power supply was 400w, and his current one was 305w. I brought my PS over (700w Modular OCZ MXP700W (Rig PS)).

To no avail would the card work. the fan would spin up, it would act like everything was good, but still wouldn't power up. I thought that maybe, just maybe we got one DOA, nope. Brought my spare over (Biostar ATi Radeon 4650), still didn't work.

I read guides, I reset the bios, I did just about anything I could think of to get this card working, but nothing. Does anyone know if there is a certain spec this mobo will take PCI-E wise? It's just not recognizing the card, and he really doesn't have the money to build or buy a new computer.

Is there a jumper I'm missing, was 2.0 support removed in a BIOS revision, I'm just confused and hoping for answers. Thanks
post #2 of 7
could be that the IGP is still set as the primary display output.

Go into the bios with the display hooked to the IGP and set the PCI-E slot as primary.
post #3 of 7
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could be that the IGP is still set as the primary display output.

Go into the bios with the display hooked to the IGP and set the PCI-E slot as primary.
Did that last night, however with Dell's wonderful BIOS it's either AUTO (PCI-E first) or Card first (internal or add-in).

Either way neither work.

On another note though, the BIOS doesn't even see the card when you look at the PCI slots. Just stay at "Not Installed" at all times.
post #4 of 7
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Here is a link to the specs of the system.. I don't know if I am missing something, or if the computer is just a dud at this point.
post #5 of 7
the board has PCI Express 1.0A so it might just not be compatible with the 4650.
post #6 of 7
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the board has PCI Express 1.0A so it might just not be compatible with the 4650.
I thought so. But here's my question, other boards (including dell's) recommend upgrading to a 4650. Was there ever a PCI-E 1.0 HD 4650 released? And aren't 2.0 cards suppose to just slow their data rate and be backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0?
post #7 of 7
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I did some research, and as far as I can tell the 4650 should work in the computer. Is there anything else that I should do, or is it pretty much a send back and wait to build/ buy a new computer?
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